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Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

1. Giverny: Monet's House and Gardens Guided Tour

Escape the busy city and visit the enchanting home and gardens of the famous impressionist painter Claude Monet. Stroll through the beautifully landscaped gardens with your knowledgeable guide and learn more about the flora as well as the importance of the gardens in Monet's paintings.  Meet with your small group (max. 9 people) and your guide before entering the gardens. First, visit the water garden with the water lilies that inspired many of his paintings and then the 'Clos Normand'. Your guide will point out different species of flowers and features of the garden. As you wander through the gardens and visit Monet's house also learn more about Claude Monet's life, and why he became the master of impressionism.  At the end of the tour, you can stay longer to stroll on your own or take a look in the big gift shop before you exit. From early spring till the first days of November, Monet's gardens are a fairy of colors and fragrances. Feel free to ask your guide about the picturesque village of Giverny and what more there is to see.

Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

2. Mont Saint Michel: Walking Tour & Optional Abbey Ticket

Explore the village of Mont Saint Michel, located on a picturesque tidal island, with a licensed local tour guide. First, meet your guide and take the shuttle bus to the village, where you will learn more about its history during a 2-hour walking tour. Walk the narrow cobblestone streets of the village along the Grande Rue on the way up to the Abbey. See the parish church of Saint-Pierre, surrounded by a cemetery, housing a silver statue dedicated to Saint-Michel. Stroll along the ramparts and enjoy the beautiful views of the coast and a stunning panorama over the bay. Choose to include an entrance ticket to the Abbey, to explore it at your own pace.

Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

3. Giverny: Monet’s House and Gardens Skip-the-Line Tour

Stroll the streets of the charming village of Giverny and discover the grave of Claude Monet in the churchyard. Then, skip the long lines to Monet's house and gardens to hear the story of the artist's life and how he led the Impressionist movement from the village between 1883 and 1926. Learn how artists such as John Singer Sargent, Paul Cézanne and Mary Cassatt joined him in the sleepy village to form an unofficial artists’ colony. Be enchanted by the ponds and gardens that inspired his paintings, and see the Japanese bridge and lilies of the Oriental water garden Savor the scent of flowers in season, such as wild roses, hollyhocks, poppies and honeysuckle. Admire the water lilies and weeping willows, instantly recognizable from his classic paintings and look inside the thatched roof house to find the cheerful kitchen and his collection of 18th and 19th century Japanese prints.

Bayeux: American D-Day Sites in Normandy Tour

4. Bayeux: American D-Day Sites in Normandy Tour

Meet your guide at Place de Québec and then begin your D-Day exploration adventure, retracing history as you uncover the day of June 6, 1944. The first stop of the tour is Omaha beach, where the deadliest landings of the day took place. From your guide, learn about the landings here and the soldiers who risked their lives. After Omaha, visit Utah beach, the second location where American troops landed on D-Day. Next, visit the US military cemetery and for the chance to pay respect and honor the soldiers of World War ll.  The tour continues to Pointe du Hoc next, a breathtaking cliff offering lunar landscapes and a magnificent viewpoint over the English Channel.  The site was built as a key point of the Atlantic Wall by the Germans because it was the highest point between the Omaha and Utah beaches and provided a great observation spot to notice any arrivals from the sea. Your D-Day sightseeing tour of Normandy ends with a visit to the village of Sainte-Mère-Eglise, the heart of the jump zone for the 82nd Airborne U.S. forces.  Listen to stories of how paratroopers rained on the village, and how one of them famously got caught in the tower of the church. With options for both half- and full-day tours, tailor your experience to your meet interest and schedule.

Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Mont-Saint-Michel: Abbey Self-Guided Audio Tour

Join me for a journey back to a simpler time. A time when the monks of the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey lived their lives according to the scriptures and the ebb and flow of the seasons. The way this Benedictine abbey was constructed over centuries, on a remote rock facing the sea, reveals what spirituality could inspire back then. Mont Saint-Michel Abbey is breathtaking to behold and fascinating to explore. But it’s complicated and confusing too. I’ll guide you up and down its intricate stairways through hidden doors, and into halls and dungeons that’ll take you back to the Middle Ages. Within the abbey’s solid walls, we’ll discover tales of knights, castles, pious pilgrims and tortured prisoners. With this audio guide, you'll find out: • How books were written before computers and the printing press • How heavy stones were transported before the invention of engines • Why monks don't have BBQs • The truth behind the daily life of clergy in feudal society • What links jet-setters and kings A visit to the abbey is a great way to understand European history, and the importance of the Catholic Church in feudal society. And this is the perfect guide. Please note the tour does not include admission to Mont Saint-Michel Abbey.

From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

6. From Paris: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Guided Tour

On this full-day tour from Paris, you will discover Mont Saint-Michel, a traditional Norman village. On the drive through Normandy, your guide will recount the rich history of the region marked by invasions, first by the Romans and then the Barbarians, before the region was fought over in the Hundred Years’ War. You will tour the famous Abbey and admire the Gothic buildings built on top of each other over the centuries, such as the Cloister and the Monks’ dining hall. You will then be free to stroll around the village and let yourself be taken back to the medieval atmosphere in its narrow paved streets.

From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

7. From Bayeux: Full-Day Mont Saint-Michel Tour

The Mont Saint Michel is an island off the coast of Normandy in the English Channel, and sees some of the biggest tides in Europe. The first church was built on the mount in 709 at the request of Archange Michael. The construction of the Mont Saint-Michel Abbey as we know it today was finished in the 13th and 14th centuries. Those hundreds of years of architectural prowesses have left us with a magnificent monument, now referred as the “Wonder of the Western World” and deemed a UNESCO world heritage site. Travel with a friendly driver and professional English-speaking guide from Bayeux to the Mont Saint Michel, which you will access via shuttle across the bridge in accordance with local requirements. Head to the very top of the mount and enter the abbey. The history of its construction will be explained in detail, while you marvel at stunning views of the surrounding bay. After visiting the abbey, explore the town at your own pace and pick up some souvenirs for friends and family. Your guide will suggest some great restaurants for lunch, suitable for all budgets. At the end of the tour, your chauffeur will take you back to your original meeting point in Bayeux.

Deauville: Guided Cycling Tour of Deauville and Trouville

8. Deauville: Guided Cycling Tour of Deauville and Trouville

I propose you to discover Deauville and Trouville by classic bicycle in more than 2h30. We will see together the history of these two cities through period photos and anecdotes, to understand their development. We will evoke the thalassotherapy, the influential personalities, the architecture, the local life... Thanks to the bike, we will be able to go far from the usual neighborhoods to discover places you might not have thought of! Group or private visit every day of the year at 10am or 3pm. Ask for your time slot!

From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

9. From Paris: Mont St Michel and Loire Valley 2 Day Tour

Escape the busy city of Paris and immerse yourself in the French countryside on this 2 day trip. The tour departs the city and crosses the western districts of Paris along the Normandy motorway to reach your first destination. At Mont Saint-Michel, enjoy a fascinating guided visit of the abbey’s interior and marvel at the Gothic and Romanesque architecture of the building. Spend some free time exploring the rest of the abbey and surrounding village. After the abbey, head towards Château d’Angers for your overnight stay. Check into your 4-star hotel for the night and relax before the second day of the tour. On the second day, wake up to a delicious breakfast and begin your journey to the breathtaking Loire Valley. Upon arrival in the valley, visit the Castle Langeais passing by Cunault and Saumur along the way. Enjoy a guided tour of the castle and learn about the rich history of the people who lived here.   Finally, on the return to Paris, marvel at the stunning landscape of the countryside as you travel.

Normandy: Mont-Saint-Michel Private Walking Tour & History

10. Normandy: Mont-Saint-Michel Private Walking Tour & History

This private walking tour will introduce you to the most visited site in France: the Mont Saint Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Our expert, multilingual guide will create the ideal tour for first-time visitors. Discover the history of Mont Saint Michel, from the Hundred Years' War to the French Revolution, from the Romanesque architecture to the latest work to restore the maritime character, this timeless rock takes us back over the centuries... The advantage of booking a private walking tour is that the visit takes place at your own pace. This tour offers a high degree of flexibility whether you are looking for a tour that takes in all the famous sites or something more off the beaten track. Your private guide will have the knowledge and expertise to create the perfect walking tour, according to your wishes!

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based on 90 reviews

We are from Quebec, and we were sincerely won over by our guided tour by one of your guides, Ms. Brigitte B., a very interesting and highly qualified guide, in addition to being very friendly and truly professional! This was my fifth visit and I still learned new things. A guided tour is a must for Monet's gardens. A huge thank you once again to Mrs. Brigitte B. for her kindness.

Kiely was a warm enthusiastic guide and knowledgeable within the area.We really enjoyed our tour with her.

The guide was very knowledgeable and made the tour interesting.

Amazing guide Steven! The day was terrific. We learned so much.

Excellent guide, well organized, and on time. Thank you!